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Nigerian Canadians

Nigerian Canadian
Total population
112,240 [1]
Regions with significant populations
Brampton, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Winnipeg, Regina,Saskatoon,Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Windsor, Quebec City
English, Igbo, Yoruba, French, Nigerian Pidgin
Christianity · Islam · Yoruba religion

Nigerian Canadians are a Canadian ethnic group of Nigerian descent. Nigerians began migrating to Canada during the 1967–1970 Nigerian Civil War.[2] Nigerians were not broken out separately in immigration statistics until 1973. 3,919 landed immigrants of Nigerian nationality arrived in Canada from 1973 to 1991.[3]

There is a significant number of Nigerians living in the Greater Toronto Area.[4] In the 2016 census, 51,800 people identified themselves as Nigerians, of whom about half lived in Ontario. There are many more Nigerians in Canada, who identified themselves by their tribe instead of their country, such as 16,210 are Yoruba, 18,315 are Igbo, and 17,275 are from minor tribes. There has also been a steady increase in the number of Nigerians living in the western cities of Canada, such as Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg.[5]


Province Nigerian Canadians
Ontario 54,515
Alberta 22,995
Manitoba 12,155
Quebec 5,185
British Columbia 4,770
Saskatchewan 6,855
Nova Scotia 3,180
Newfoundland and Labrador 870
New Brunswick 1,205
Prince Edward Island 340
Northwest Territories 60
Nunavut 75
Yukon 35

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See also


  1. ^ "Visible minority by place of birth and generation status: Canada, provinces and territories, census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations with parts". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  2. ^ Ogbomo 1999, Origins
  3. ^ Ogbomo 1999, Migration, Arrival, and Settlement
  4. ^ "Toronto's Nigerian community makes wider public appeal for tips about man's murder". 21 March 2018.
  5. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics (2018-04-12). "Census Profile, 2016 Census". web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)


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